Feeds

Magna boils up EV kit for car makers

You spec it, we build it, you badge it

Intelligent flash storage arrays

'Leccy Tech As the major car manufacturers slowly get to grips with the electric – or hydrogen – powered future of personal transport, a number of smaller, more dexterous automotive engineering firms are presenting their views of the way forward.

Magna-Steyr Mila

Magna-Steyr's Mila: the concept...

A classic example is Canadian company Magna International which, apart from helping Ford with the development of its electric Fiesta and Focus models, found time to unveil its view of the perfect electric car at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

The Mila EV is actually the brainchild of Magna's contract-manufacturing unit, Magna-Steyr, an Austrian outfit that when not messing about with electrons builds cars for Saab, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep and - as of later this year - the new Aston Martin Rapide.

To quote Magna-Steyr, the Mila is a “fully integrated electric vehicle platform which can be used by every OEM - read 'car maker' - to realise their own product, drive and design strategies in the shortest of time”.

Magna-Steyr Mila

...and the reality

So what MS is effectively offering is a ready-to-wear electric car – tell us what you want it to do and look like and we will chuck the parts in the oven, bake at Gas Mark 6 for 45 minutes and, wallop, there's your instant 'leccy vehicle.

MS wasn't exactly rushing to give out precise technical details of the Mila, but what we can tell you is that is that the five-door version is 4m long, has a wheelbase of 2.5m and a - rather flaccid for a car of its size - 67bhp (50kW) electric motor.

It also has solar cells in the roof, small low-drag rear facing cameras in place of door mirrors and a battery charge status display running along the side of the car.

Magna-Steyr Mila

Expect to see it under other car-makers' brands

We're not sure that last is such a great idea – why advertise you're about to run out of juice? But if the styling was toned down just a shade, the motor was given some more pep and, say, a Saab badge was slapped on the rump, we can see the Mila selling. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan
'Shuddit, smarty pants!' Some readers reacted badly to our last Doctor Who review ...
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?
How artificial lighting could offer an artificial promise
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.